12 Bold Coastal Color Palettes You Haven't Considered

Beach house style doesn't have to be all about neutrals. 

By: Liz Gray
Mismatched Seating Adds Playful, Casual Vibe to Beach House Breakfast Nook

Mismatched Seating Adds Playful, Casual Vibe to Beach House Breakfast Nook

Mismatched seating adds to the playful, casual vibe in this beach house breakfast nook. The natural materials used for the bench and chairs is balanced out by the mint green end chairs and bright yellow, lantern-style pendant lights.

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

Visualize classic beach house style, and chances are your mind goes to lots of soft blues, neutrals and textural accents. While that restful, wave-inspired palette is beautiful, it's not the only way to go. For fellow fans of bright, bold palettes, I present: 12 beachy color combos that are anything but neutral.

Yellow + Mint

Bold Yellow Letters Declare It's Time to Eat in Beach House Kitchen

Bold Yellow Letters Declare It's Time to Eat in Beach House Kitchen

Bold yellow letters add a whimsical touch in this beach house kitchen, popping against the clean, white wall and shelf. Because the home focuses on fun and play, beverages are kept out on the counter, ready to be enjoyed, rather than stashed out of sight.

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

This bold palette starts with a bright white base. Designers at Chango & Co. used bold yellow accents through this entire modern beauch house. Mint green provides a trendy take on classic beach house blue.

Yellow + Black + Green

Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun

Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun

Pineapple print wallpaper and a bold yellow-and-black color scheme ensure dinner conversation never gets too serious in this playful beach house dining room. Oversized basket pendant lights add to the relaxed nature of the home.

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

In another room of the same bold beach house, adorable pineapple wallpaper is the color inspiration. The black chairs and black-and-white tabletop make the room's yellow and green pieces stand out.

Royal Blue + Red + Hot Pink

Bold Color in Fresh, Beach House Guest Room

Bold Color in Fresh, Beach House Guest Room

Fresh and chic, this guest room includes colorful throw pillows that pop against the crisp, white linens. Coastal artwork above the dark, navy blue headboard keeps the theme of the beach home in tact.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

Royal blue stands out against bright white walls, bedding and furniture. Red and pink add a feminine touch to this modern beach bedroom. Design by Chango & Co.

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Punchy Pineapple

Pineapple print wallpaper and a bold yellow-and-black color scheme set the tone for the entire home and ensure dinner conversation never gets too serious in this playful beach house dining room. Oversized basket pendant lights add to the relaxed nature of the room.

Colorful Welcome

A bright yellow front door welcomes guests in a playful way. The yellow sets the tone for the whimsical colors and patterns throughout the home, such as the pineapple print in the adjacent dining room.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Black, White and Yellow All Over

Yellow and black provide punchy contrast to the sleek, white of the kitchen. The color scheme creates a playful atmosphere and relates well to dining room's pineapple print.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Time to E-A-T

Bold yellow letters add a whimsical touch and pop against the clean, white wall and shelf. Because the home focuses on fun and play, beverages are kept out on the counter, ready to be enjoyed, rather than stashed out of sight.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Casual Dining Vibes

Mismatched seating adds to the playful, casual vibe in the breakfast nook. The natural materials used for the bench and chairs is balanced out by the mint green end chairs and bright yellow, lantern-style pendant lights.

A Hook for Everyone

A rustic bench and hooks at heights for both adults and kids helps corral all of the accoutrements that come with spending a day at by the ocean.

Whispers of the Beach and Sea

The natural materials and colors in the furniture, rug and window coverings create a serene setting and hint at the tones of the nearby sand and surf.

Bringing the Outdoors In

A coffee table topped with succulents offer additional natural touches, while brightly colored woven chairs mimic the look of beach chairs.

Coloring Time

A low-profile table provides the perfect coloring station for the homeowners' three children. The table features a low shelf, creating a perfect spot to stash coloring books, markers and crayons when not in use.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Serene Sleep

The master bedroom is set for serene dreaming, thanks to the layers of neutral furnishings and linens. A natural grass rug grounds the space, while soft textures are added in the upholstered bed and bench, linen curtains and colorful throw pillows. Antique-inspired dressers take the place of nightstands, providing extra storage.

From: Chango and Co. and Chango and Co.

Serious Play

Chango and Co. created every child's dream play space in the expansive playroom. Floor mattresses line one wall and are topped with playful throw pillows for crashing, a teepee provides a place for dreaming, and rope swings hang from the ceiling for extra fun.

Crossed With Style

The crisp white walls boast a Swiss cross pattern and are trimmed in black to highlight the architectural details of the room. 

Pillow Heaven

The vibrant patterns on these custom pillows relate well to the pattern of the Swiss cross wall decals and the bold, yellow sconce lighting. The wall of cushions provides a place to cozy up and read or nap.

Easy Organization

A tight corner under a vaulted ceiling is the perfect spot for a play corner for the pint-sized family members. Hanging baskets provide a fun spot to stash stuffed animals, while floor cubbies provide more space for corraling toys while still keeping them in-sight and reachable for the small ones.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Flip-Flopped Design

A fun floral pattern covers this upholstered bed and topped with crisp, white linens to invert the expectation of patterned bed linens and a neutral bed. Blue, glass table lamps cool the warm colors of the fabric and pop against the white walls and nightstands.

Sweet Style

A watermelon wall print sets a playful tone in this girl's bedroom and is punctuated by neon accents that both add additional liveliness to the room while remaining subtle.

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Wild for Watermelon

A wicker chair painted in punchy hot pink and a mint-green table lamp follow the watermelon theme of the wall print and throw pillow.

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Sleepover Central

A pair of bunk beds makes this the perfect spot for sleepovers. A fun black-and-white pattern is carried from the triangle wall decals to the graphic-print bedspreads and white, Danish-style furniture. Model airplanes are hung in a group from the ceiling to give this kids' room its own mini airshow.

Stash It In Style

Toy storage is kept easy and casual. Cubbies located at floor level make it easy for kids to put away their own toys when through with them, while higher shelves provide a spot to store things out of reach while allowing them to contribute to the fun style of the room.

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Unexpected Art Arrangement

Bold artwork is given unexpected placement in the upper hallway with two pieces in the series located along the bottom of the wall and only one above. The resulting display is an attention-grabbing alternative to a more traditional gallery wall arrangement.

Yellow + Orange + Jewel Tones

Colorful Entry With Concrete Paver Walkway

Colorful Entry With Concrete Paver Walkway

Colorful glazed concrete blocks brighten the wall as visitors approach the front door of this modern beach house. Underfoot, large concrete pavers are situated in a bed of loose river pebbles, carving out a walkway.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston

Whether it's an outdoor shower perfect for rinsing off the salt water or a beach-inspired bedroom, bright citrus hues + jewel tones is a winning combo. Design by Robert Nebolon.

Royal Blue + Natural Wood

Midcentury Modern Open-Plan Living and Dining Space

Midcentury Modern Open-Plan Living and Dining Space

Perfect for casual weekend living, this Hamptons beach-house dining/family room has a close connection to the kitchen, as well as to outdoor living areas. Glass doors on the ground level slide all the way into the walls, opening the family/dining room and living room to an expansive deck area. The rooms can be entirely open or protected from mosquitoes with a screen system, allowing for summer breezes, ample entertaining areas and restoring connections to nature. “A consistent — but not overwhelming — thread of blue follows throughout these ground level spaces: blue kitchen cabinets, blue custom rug and touches of blue walls,” note the architects.

Photo by: Stuart Disston, AIA, Austin Patterson Disston Architects; Photography: Peter Murdock

Stuart Disston, AIA, Austin Patterson Disston Architects; Photography: Peter Murdock

Weathered wood pieces often get all the beach house glory, but beach classic royal blue looks fresher when paired with natural wood tones and modern lines. Design by Stuart Disston.

Shades of Blue

White Bedroom with Peacock Blue Partition

White Bedroom with Peacock Blue Partition

A peacock blue wall floats in the middle of this bedroom, creating both a functional headboard and a focal point for the space. A built-in shelf serves in place of bedside tables, while wall-mounted lamps provide reading light. A barn door on a sliding track adds a rustic touch, perfect for the casual beach setting.

Photo by: Brady Architectural Photography

Brady Architectural Photography

A bolder take on traditional beachy blue, a saturated teal accent wall is a focal point in this bedroom. Layer on royal blue and periwinkle for a modern, monochromatic master suite.

Aqua + Coral + Periwinkle

Coastal Style

Coastal Style

A table lamp with a driftwood-inspired base reflects the home's clever play on classic coastal and Floridian coastal style.

Aqua walls are a modern backdrop for classic beach accents, like this driftwood lamp. Artwork and accessories in coral, periwinkle and hot pink add unexpected brightness.

Red + White + Aqua

Detail of Kid's Room Dresser

Detail of Kid's Room Dresser

In the kid's room, a sleek, white dresser with brass hardware is topped with a vase of red flowers, and a colorful gallery wall decorates the white, shiplap walls.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

This palette gets a touch of glitz from gold hardware on this classic campaign chest. Red-orange and aqua are nearly color-wheel opposites, which makes the combo especially visually-pleasing. Design by Chango & Co.

Indigo + Periwinkle

Breakfast Nook in Blue and White

Breakfast Nook in Blue and White

An all-white breakfast nook, accented with shades of blue, is an inviting place to dine with friends and family. An L-shaped, built-in banquette and four cushioned, metal chairs offer casual and comfortable seating.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

Powder blue and deep indigo look fresh when paired with all-white shiplap and a modern light fixture.

Red + Mustard Yellow

Bathroom Detail of Lobster Wallpaper

Bathroom Detail of Lobster Wallpaper

Cherry red wallpaper with a lobster design in white adds a color pop to this bathroom. A rope framed mirror ties in with the coastal theme.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

A bathroom is the perfect place to try a bold pattern in a bold hue, like this whimsical lobster wallpaper in lipstick red. Yellow flowers add an unexpected shock of color.

Aqua + Navy + Garnet

Eclectic Dining Room With Black and White Striped Bench Seat

Eclectic Dining Room With Black and White Striped Bench Seat

This fun dining room features a white midcentury modern table paired with brown leather chairs and a gold starburst chandelier overhead. Green-blue textured wallpaper provides an accent wall for a black and white striped upholstered bench seat, while a framed beach photograph hangs above.

Photo by: Caitlin Murray

Caitlin Murray

This sophisticated palette doesn't scream beach house, but one look at the room's beach-scene artwork and the featured hues immediately pop out: The blue-green water, the navy and deep red swimwear, the golden sand. Posh and beachy? Check. Design by Caitlin McCarthy.

Blush Pink + Teal + Orange

Kids' Bunk Room Features Fresh Coastal Design

Kids' Bunk Room Features Fresh Coastal Design

Shiplap walls and white built-in bunk beds pair with sisal-style flooring and nautical light fixtures for a coastal look in this kids' room. A lifeguard chair and surfboard complete the whimsically beautiful design.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Trendy blush pink can even find its place in a beachy kids room when paired with muted teal and bright orange accents, like the life preserver designers from Blackband Design added here.

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Kid-Centric Touches Wow in Coastal Bunk Room

A surfboard and lifeguard chair give this bunk room a punch of coastal style in a fun, kid-centric way. The life ring attached to the chair adds a vibrant splash of color to the otherwise soft-hued space.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Kids' Bunk Room Features Fresh Coastal Design

Shiplap walls and white built-in bunk beds pair with sisal-style flooring and nautical light fixtures for a coastal look in this kids' room. A lifeguard chair and surfboard complete the whimsically beautiful design.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Clean, Bright Kids' Room With Soft Bursts of Color

Shiplap walls in crisp white and sisal-style floors in soft tan create a clean, soothing backdrop for this kids' room. Bedding, accent pillows and the window seat cushion add refreshing bursts of color to the space.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Coastal Kids' Bedroom Feels Light, Airy

Bright white walls combine with a white ceiling and white bunk beds to create a light, airy feel characteristic of coastal style. Nautical accents complete the look, ensuring a nod to the home's beach location.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Layered Bedding Creates Cozy Vibe in Coastal Kids' Room

Layered bedding makes these built-in bunk beds look and feel cozy and comfortable. Blue accent pillows add a splash of coastal color, and a striped pillow on the window seat adds nautical flair.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Coastal Bunk Room With Fun, Kid-Friendly Accents

A surfboard and lifeguard chair are nestled in a corner of the kids' room, adding fun, coastal flair to the space. Overhead, a nautical light fixture coordinates beautifully with the flooring and Roman shade.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Kid Lifeguard Station With Retro Flair

Framed pages from retro travel magazines form a small grouping behind the adorable lifeguard station in this coastal kids' room. White shiplap walls offer a bright, charming backdrop.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Adorable Built-In Bunk Beds in Crisp White Kids' Room

Built-in bunk beds are functional and adorable in this coastal kids' room. Crisp white shiplap walls add a charming touch and keep the space looking bright and fresh.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Beach-Inspired Kids' Room Boasts Built-In Bunk Beds

The homeowners wanted a fun retreat to house all their grandkids, and four built-in bunk beds proved the perfect solution. The kids' bedroom expertly incorporates the home's beach location into its design, so the space is just as beautiful as it is functional.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders
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